Boston Archbishop Sean Cardinal O’Malley and Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, have both said in a news conference yesterday at the Pontifical North American College in Rome that they believe that the College of Cardinals will be made aware of everything that they need to know about the so-called Vatileaks scandal in order to make informed decisions in pre-conclave discussions, and even in the conclave itself. “It does not necessarily mean that the report will be shared with us, but if anything remains that we need to know about, I’m sure they will inform us,” O’Malley told Catholic News Agency.
“Vatileaks” was what the secular news media called the uproar that was generated after Supreme Pontiff Emeritus Benedict XVI’s former butler Paolo Gabriele leaked some of the Holy Father’s personal papers and alleged corruption inside the Vatican bureaucracy. The leaks and the resulting scandal have renewed calls by some cardinals for a thorough-going reform of the Roman Curia.
Meanwhile, the College of Cardinals has decided as a body that as of this morning, January 6th, its members may no longer speak to the media after some Italian cardinals, whose names were apparently read aloud at this morning’s General Congregation, had leaked too much information to the nosy Italian press. American Cardinals Francis George of Chicago and Theodore McCarrick of Washington had scheduled a press briefing for today prior to the media silence agreement.